Saturday, October 27, 2012

Nature Photography: Coral Gables Wayside Park Water Birds


Recently I took advantage of some free time to take some photos at a place that I pass by often but have never photographed. This spot is known as the Entrance to Central Miami and also goes by the name Coral Gables Wayside Park--although it is quite small and perhaps not what one would typically consider a park. It is no more than a bit of land alongside a waterway/canal. One of the special features of the landscape here are the eight Mediterranean-revival style towers built in 1925. The park was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989. 
    


 "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair.

Ibis gathering twigs 



What a handsome pair! I'm not used to seeing geese in Miami--lots of ducks, but rarely geese--so these two were a nice surprise. 

  
It's a lovely day for a stroll 




If you were to continue along the waterway you would arrive at The Biltmore Hotel, only minutes away. 



Now doesn't this spot look like a nice hangout for the proverbial "troll under the bridge"? 
   


In the center above you can see a few Cormorants and a duck off to the right. Below is a larger view of a Cormorant with its beautiful blue eyes and narrow, hooked bill, perfectly suited for catching fish. 



   

Banyan trees 



I've always thought the heart cut-out detail in these towers was a unique touch. 


This looks like it could be the entrance to a secret garden. 

   
Surely one of the nicer bus benches you'll find in Miami, adorned with a pretty white egret design.

  

    


I hope you all have a great Sunday. And to anyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy, be safe!  

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful day and beautiful pictures! I'd love to go for a stroll around there! And that cormorant's eyes are GORGEOUS!

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    1. Thanks Becca! It was a nice way to spend a free hour and a really beautiful day. I love Cormorants - they are interesting birds! :)

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  2. Happy Sunday! I love the pictures, thanks for sharing a slice of your life with us.

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, thank you! Happy Sunday to you as well! :)

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  3. Looove your photos! The towers are just spectacular. Especially enjoying the second-to-last shot of the leaves against the sky. They're almost like silhouettes. :)

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    1. Hi Maggie, Aw thank you! It was fun taking them :)

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  4. I like nature's pictures, these are wonderful! I will definitely check it out if I ever go to Florida.

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    1. Thanks Rola! There are some nice, quiet little spots in Miami. I usually don't take the time to visit them but when I do, I always think I should make a point to do so more often!

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  5. Lovely pictures! I love the shots of the birds especially. :) Your geese look nothing like the Canadian geese we see around here! Ours seem bigger and darker. Apparently ours do migrate as far south as Florida at times.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Liz, thank you! Hope you are having a nice weekend :) The birds are so cute, aren't they? Cormorants are one of my favorite birds. I like the colors of the Canadian geese. These fellows here are a little plain (but cute) :) It's amazing how some birds make the long journey to warmer climates every year...

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  6. Such beautiful photos! I love birds :) We live near a small wetlands so there are lots of ducks and geese - mostly Canadian geese, though, and they're vicious. We also see big birds of prey sometimes though, and they're fabulous.

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    1. Hi Larie, thanks! :) How nice to live near wetlands. I have heard geese can be very aggressive. These two seemed to be afraid of people, but I'm sure if they were part of a larger group they might be more confident! Birds of prey are so interesting to watch. Occasionally I see a hawk or two in our neighborhood. And we have lots of little green parrots :)

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  7. Very nice! - - beautiful birds with their own "makeup"!

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    1. Thank you! :) Wish I could look as pretty as birds do, au naturel! I need a little help that's for sure lol

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  8. I haven't been back to Florida for year and years, so this was a great post to find :)

    I'm your newest follower btw! Happy to stumble across your blog.

    - Erin xo

    365mu.blogspot.co.uk - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

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    1. Hi Erin, thanks! This is one of the best times of year to be in Florida. The weather is perfect :)

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